So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald [NOOK Book]

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A fascinating collection of letters from the great English novelist ? and prolific correspondent ? Penelope FitzgeraldAcclaimed for her exquisitely elegant novels ? including the Booker Prize-winning ?Offshore? ? and superb biographies, Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most admired authors in Britain during the last century. ?So I Have Thought Of You? is an invaluable addition her distinguished oeuvre.Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most distinctive voices in British literature. The prizewinning author of ...
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So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald

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Overview

A fascinating collection of letters from the great English novelist – and prolific correspondent – Penelope FitzgeraldAcclaimed for her exquisitely elegant novels – including the Booker Prize-winning ‘Offshore’ – and superb biographies, Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most admired authors in Britain during the last century. ‘So I Have Thought Of You’ is an invaluable addition her distinguished oeuvre.Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most distinctive voices in British literature. The prizewinning author of nine novels, three biographies, and one collection of short stories, she died in 2000.
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Editorial Reviews

Guardian Book of the Year
Until a biography of this genius comes along, we have these letters, so ironic, idiosyncratic, and beautiful.
Sunday Times
Self-deprecating, wry . . . the novelist's comic brio is wonderfully on show.
Financial Times
Among the most illuminating, moving collections of letters that I have ever read. The writing glows with love and wit [and] intellectual passion.
Times Literary Supplement
Characteristically short, exquisitely constructed, and saying something extremely important, but something subtle and under-celebrated about the human condition as well! The letters are exciting for what they contribute towards the understanding of Fitzgerald's imagination.
Sunday Express
The pleasure of other people's mail is the trivia and Fitzgerald doesn't disappoint in this department. This book is crammed with domestic detail and reflections on food and drink, taxes and laws, seasons and landscapes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007379590
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2010
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 624
  • File size: 850 KB

Meet the Author

Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most distinctive voices in British literature. The prize-winning author of nine novels, three biographies and one collection of short stories, she died in 2000.


Biography

Although some of her novels were published previously in the U. S., Penelope Fitzgerald remained little known to a general American audience until 1997, when Houghton Mifflin's trade paperback imprint, Mariner, published The Blue Flower, which was chosen as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review, and won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award.

The then 81-year-old Fitzgerald was selected as winner of the NBCC Award over fellow nominees Don DeLillo, Philip Roth and Charles Frazier, winning her first American literary award. In her native England, Fitzgerald had long been a favorite of critics and writers. Her novel Offshore won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize, and three of her novels -- The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, and The Beginning of Spring -- were finalists for the Prize.

Fitzgerald began her writing career late in life. She was sixty years old in 1977 when her first novel, The Golden Child, was published, a book she wrote to entertain her husband, who was dying of cancer. Much of her previous sixty years' experience informs her writing, from her days as a lowly assistant at the BBC (Human Voices), to a stint living on a houseboat in the Thames (Offshore), to working at a bookstore in a seaside village (The Bookshop).

Fitzgerald was born into a distinguished intellectual and professional family, the daughter of E. V. Knox, who was editor of Punch, and the granddaughter on both sides of Anglican bishops (her father and three uncles are the subjects of her biography, The Knox Brothers). She won a scholarship to Oxford and graduated shortly before the Second World War.

With her husband, Desmond, she ran a small literary journal called the World Review, which reprinted pieces by such writers as Jean-Paul Sartre and Dylan Thomas.

Author biography courtesy of Houghton Mifflin.

Good To Know

Dinitia Smith, in her New York Times obituary of May 3, 2000, quoted Penelope Fitzgerald from 1998 as saying, "I have remained true to my deepest convictions, I mean to the courage of those who are born to be defeated, the weaknesses of the strong, and the tragedy of misunderstandings and missed opportunities, which I have done my best to treat as comedy, for otherwise how can we manage to bear it?"

While studying on scholarship at Oxford, one of Fitzgerald's fellow students was J.R.R. Tolkien.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 17, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lincoln, England
    1. Date of Death:
      May 3, 2000
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      Somerville College, Oxford University, 1939

Table of Contents

Preface A.S. Byatt ix

Introduction Terence Dooley xiv

A Note on the Text xliii

Family Tree xliv

I Family and Friends

Hugh Lee ('Ham') 3

Tina Fitzgerald 33

Maria Fitzgerald 95

Maryllis Conder ('Willie') 174

Rachel Hichens and Elizabeth Barnett 209

Mary Knox 223

Helen Knox 230

II Writing

Richard Garnett 233

Harold Macmillan 249

Mavis Batey 250

Malcolm Muggeridge 254

Colin Haycraft 255

Francis King 263

Norah Hartley 293

Mary Lago 294

J. Howard Woolmer 330

Richard Ollard 370

Stuart Proffitt 420

James Saunders 436

Graham Chesney 437

A. L. Barker 438

Harvey Pitcher 442

Frank Kermode 452

Hilary Mantel 454

Bridget Nichols 455

Alyson Barr 456

Dorothy Coles 459

J. L. Carr 465

Sybille Bedford 468

Julian Barnes 469

Michael Holroyd 472

Alberto Manguel 475

Masolino d'Amico 477

Richard Holmes 479

Mandy Kirkby 480

Chris Carduff 487

Poems 522

Acknowledgements 527

Index 529

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